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Chefs as chemists

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Chefs as chemists

New York Times on “Food 2.0” (image Tony Cenicola/The New York Times) … –

In September, talking to an audience of chefs from around the world, Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan waxed enthusiastic about a type of ingredient he has been adding to his restaurant’s dishes.

Not organic Waygu beef or newfound exotic spices or eye of newt and toe of frog, but hydrocolloid gums — obscure starches and proteins usually relegated to the lower reaches of ingredient labels on products like Twinkies. These substances are helping Mr. Dufresne make eye-opening (and critically acclaimed) creations like fried mayonnaise and a foie gras that can be tied into a knot.

Chefs are using science not only to better understand their cooking, but also to create new ways of cooking. Elsewhere, chefs have played with lasers and liquid nitrogen.

Chefs as Chemists – New York Times – [via] Link.

All I have to say is laser’ed food tastes better…

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HOW TO – Make a Dale burrito – Link.

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Laser etch sushi nori – Link.

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Laser etched matza – Link.

HOW TO – Laser cut (and cook) meat – Link.

1 thought on “Chefs as chemists

  1. petermakes says:

    I’m wondering if there are any maker articles on this “food 2.0” (molecular cooking, whatever you want to call it) thing? I would like to try something out myself, but I’m a bit lost where to start. Does this require stuff an average joe can’t obtain? or not?

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